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. in 2001, he was osama bin laden's personal secretary. the u.s. had been tracking his chatter, but in recent days, one official said, "a lot started blinking red." so now, look at the map, u.s. embassies shut across 7,000 miles. right in the middle, egypt. here in cairo, this is as close as you can get to the embassy. which is a good five-minute walk behind these concrete bricks and behind these bricks, two egyptian military armored personnel carriers just in case. >> a new travel alert warns americans all over the world. that means 27-year-old ashley brandenburg is taking small precautions. >> for me i don't go near the embassy. i don't go downtown, i avoid any protests or demonstrations. i keep to myself and stay within my neighborhood. >> reporter: and back home, authorities are also taking pre cautions. they say there's no specific threat, but they admit an air of mystery worldwide. homeland security officials increasing immigration checks and boosting security on public transit and airports. ant tonight security officials on cairo are on high alert because the head of al
of going after al qaeda directly. i don't think the administration that got osama bin laden, rhetorical bluster didn't bring oun osama bin laden, actual intelligence and aggressive maneuvers ron insana side of pakistan did. i don't think the former dictators in libya or in egypt would think that this president has been weak. i think what we've seen is a president who has tried to get the united states to conform and comport with the sort of moral standing that -- >> i don't think -- now i feel i need to counter on the other side, becae the fact of the matter is barack obama has adopted policies that i think have actually been less targeted. he will fire drones into countries where we aren't even at war. when we had a plan, a policy, a program that would allow us to go and snatch terrorists out like khalid sheikh mohammed. bring them out without killing their 4-year-old daughters, without killing their grandmothers, without killing everybody in the general vicinity. and i've got to say, nothing that he has done has made us comport to international standards more than under george w. bush
cruikshank says there's a new twist: al qaeda's leader in yemen-- once osama bin laden's personal secretary -- is reportedly now the second in command in the organization world wide. emily schmidt: is this an his mark? paul cruickshank: it may well be this a naser al- wuhayshi's coming out party as the number two of al qaeda. the plot was in this works as this announcement was going to come out that he was playing this bigger role in they al qaeda global terrorist network. president obama stuck to his planned weekend schedule--golfing, and going to camp david for his birthday. a white house official says the president will continue to be updated about the threat through the weekend. the white house says it will notcomment on intelligence in this case-- particularly as it relates to a new york times report that says some of this intelligence came from intercepted electronic communications between senior al qaeda operatives. emily schmidt kron4 news. the obama administration is overturning a looming ban on older apple iphones and ipads. the ban was put in place by the international trade comm
know, just a year ago, boasting al-qaeda is on the run, osama bin laden is dead, and now an unprecedented closure of 22 embassies. the travel alert, which lasts for a month, which incidentally, i'm not sure people understand, the state department hates to do that. this is the highest level -- the travel advisories they do routinely. travel alert, every host government dislikes that. it cuts tourism. they're objecting to the ambassadors there. the ambassadors are cabling back to the state department, travel alert, are you sure we have to do that? for the u.s. government, the state department to issue a travel alert for the next month means about the threat is serious. >> chris: senator demint, the president was criticized heavily last september after benghazi for not doing enough. is it fair now to criticize him for doing too much? >> well, it's clear that al-qaeda may be more of a threat to us they were before 9/11 now. we don't know exactly what all the intelligence is, but as you've heard from a lot of the experts on both sides the aisle in congress, there's a real thre
al qaeda is on the run and osama bin laden is dead. now an unprecedented closure and a travel alert which lasts for a month. the state department hates to do that the. the travel advisory they do. travel alert, every host government dislikes that. it cuts tourism. they are objecting to the ambassadors there cabling back to the state department saying, travel alert, are you sure we have to do that? to issue a travel alert for the next month means the threat is serious. >> senator demint the president was criticized heavily last september after benghazi for not doing enough. is it fair to criticize him for doing too much? >> it's clear al qaeda may be more of a threat to us than they were before 9/11. as you have heard from the experts on both sides he aisle in congress, there is a very real threat there. i'm not questioning what he's doing. i think what bill is saying is true. our attempt to placate parts of the world, reset whether it's russia or somewhere else are clearly not working. the perception of weakness in the administration is encouraging this kind of behavior. >> juan, wh
. that's where osama bin laden was born and raised. this is something, it's an organization with a lot of offshoots. it's a dispersed organization. it's intended to function that way so that eliminating one or two or even many of its top leaders don't prevent the rest of the organization from operating. and that's been true from its inception. >> that is not very encouraging. let me ask you this. as long as we're doing this reality test, and we all should be aware this is why we're talking about this as our lead story, what do you think is happening here at home? is al qaeda on our shores? >> well, i think this is one of the risks that we have to take seriously. particularly now in the wake of the boston marathon bombing on april 15th. the government has not said that there's a risk here. but you have to believe that if al qaeda thought it could strike again in america, it would certainly like to try and do so. this is something that i think we should be paying close attention to. i think it should heighten our appreciation of our intelligence gathering assets like the electronic surve
leader, is considered perhaps even more dangerous at one stage he was osama bin laden's secretary. and some intelligence analysts say he may be wanting to prove himself to try and exert himself on the international stage by carrying out some sort of terror attack in yemen or abroad. but not all u.s. diplomats are happy with this situation. they say there needs to be xurpt, but they also say they can't do their jobs if they're locked behind big walls like this one. lester? >> richard engel reporting from cairo. let's bring in our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. andrea, we know from previous experience the u.s. can't maintain this red alert posture indefinitely so what's the plan going forward here? >> it really is day by day. the intelligence of an impending attack as you're reporting is serious but they still don't know the specific target. there are several other threats, possibility for the retaliation for the drone strike richard just mentioned and a threatening speech last week by ayman al zawahiri. the upcoming anniversary this week of bombings of tanzani
on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11. today al qaeda is on the run and osama bin laden is dead. >> there are reports, too, the leader who replaced osama bin laden has given two speeches saying the muslim world needs to unite, said he disagrees with the u.s. policy going on in egypt as well. also, this is the 27th day of ramadan, also known as the night of power, the time when moham d mohammed -- if you're a believer, when mohammed got the first versus for the koran. >> the massive prison brakes across the region. >> not everybody believes al qaeda is on the run. >> apparently al qaeda doesn't agree. they strung more than 1,000 people from prisons in various countries. >> last week. >> 1200 prisoners in a single break. >> benghazi. >> how do you do that? >> a massive one at abu ghraib prison in iraq, too. here is the general on the al qaeda threat that we face. >>. >> certainly after 9/11 we clearly had al qaeda on the run because we responded to quickly to that threat and intercepted a lot of other threats and killed a bunch of leaders in the process. they have had time to reg
, the first time a global alert was issued since osama bin laden was killed in may 2011. joining me nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel. nice to have you this morning, richard. >> reporter: thank you. good to join you from a very hot day in cairo but i'm glad to be on your show. >> thanks. tell me a little, obviously we first started hearing about embassies closing beginning thursday night, then got hot sort of all day on friday. what is the administration saying about the scope of these embassy closings. >> the scope of the embassy closings, nbc consulate is very large. about 22 different facilities closed just today, although we're not exactly sure when some of these facilities will reopen. we spoke to a spokesperson today here in cairo and asked, okay, there is a closure. when is the embassy going to reopen. the spokesperson said, well, we're still evaluating. this is a blanket move. it is obviously very serious. what we know from talking to different sources is that the threat goes back to yemen. it's a very specific threat from al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, which is
like embassies. one official calls it "a very active plot" led by osama bin laden's personal secretary. in recent days one official said a lot starting blinking red so now look at the man. every embassy that's supposed to be open is shut and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. ? >> i just keep as low a profile as i can. i look like an american and that said i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> reporter: and it's not clear when this embassy will behind me will re-open but this morning a senior official say in yemen the threat is higher than it's been a long time. dan, bianna, across this region a lot are on high alert. >> nick, our thanks to you. meanwhile, what has been primarily a foreign concern has become a domestic one too. abc news learned homeland official officials are boosting presence at airports and train stations. >> and looking harder at visitors coming in from overseas of let's go to martha raddatz in washington where she's filling in for george on "this week" this morning. martha, we have beefed up
. one official calls it a very active plot, led by osama bin laden's personal secretary. they have been tracking chatter, but in recent days one official said a lot started blinking red. so now look at the map. every embassy that's supposed to be open right now is shut, and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. >> keep as low a profile as i can. obviously i'm a sizable guy that looks like what i am, an american. and that said, i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> meanwhile, president obama's top military advisor and chairman of the giants chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey, said the threats intercepted are significant and officials are taking the threats seriously. on" this week "he sat down in an exclusive interview with martha raditz. he said how a possible terrorist attack could be carried out, he said the threats appear to be far reaching. >> a significant threat strain and we are reacting to it. >> is the threat to blow up an embassy, consulate or something else? >> that part is unspecified burke the inten
complicated, because pre-9/11 it was pretty much just afghanistan. it was osama bin laden, and al qaeda senior leadership. that has since spread to somalia, yemen. we have problems in mali now. there are cells in different places. but we also have many, many more assets that we have brought to bear to try to contain them. to try to take out their leadership and try to undermine their plans. so they are still a threat. i would not agree that they're stronger than pre-9/11. >> and one of the theories is that one of the reasons we're seeing these threats right now is in that there's a lot of anger behind recent drone attacks in some of the parts of the world where the embassies are being closed, particularly in yemen. do you think that the use of these drones, so commonly in that part of the world, is actually fueling more anti-american sentiment, that's ultimately making us less safe in those areas? >> well, i mean, it's hard to say. because on the one hand there's no question that the drone strikes have made us more safe. in one very clear way, they've undermined the ability of these folks to p
tower rises above the new york skyline and al qaeda's on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> let's bring in cnn security analyst peter bergen. peter, you heard the president say last fall that al qaeda was on the path to defeat but now you see this. is this a result of a reorganization of al qaeda? does it appear as though it is still a threat or even more so of a threat than it once was even with the removal of bin laden and several of the lieutenants? >> well, fredericka, al qaeda hasn't attacked the united states since 9/11. since july 7th, 2005.the west - and under the obama administration, almost the entire top leadership is either killed in drone strikes or in the case of bin laden killed in a navy s.e.a.l. raid and the documents recovered from the bin laden compound paint an organization that well under the pressures they were under and thinking of moving from western pakistan where all the drones are concentrated in to a remote area of afghanistan, a web of the al qaeda brand has been tarnished by the actions of al qaeda in iraq, et cetera, et cetera. so that port
the state department has issued a worldwide travel alert for americans, it's the first since osama bin laden was killed. it warns terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. that warning in effect through august. security is also being increased across the u.s. out of what authorities are calling an abundance of caution although they say there is no specific threat to the homeland and joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey says the threat is specific and serious. >> a significant threat stream and we're reacting to it. >> is the threat to employee up an embassy, a consulate or something else? >> that part of it is unspecified, but the intent seems clear. the intent is to attack western, not just u.s. interests. >> now, the focus is on the al qaeda branch in yemen where experts say the terror group is on the rise. we have complete coverage for you. nbc's kristen well kearse at the white house and nbc news foreign news correspondent richard engel is in cairo. what's the latest there. >> reporter: i'm still struck by that map
american interests like embassies. one official calls it "a very active plot" led by osama bin laden's former personal secretary. the u.s. had been tracking his chatter but in recent days, one official said "a lot started blinking red" so now look at the map. every embassy that's supposed to be open right now is shut and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. >> i do keep as low a profile as i can. obviously i'm a sizable guy that looks like what i am, an american and that said, i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> reporter: and it's not clear when this embassy will behind me will re-open, but this morning a senior official saying in yemen the threat is higher than it's been a long time. dan, bianna, across this region a lot of people are on high alert. >> all right. nick, our thanks to you. and, meanwhile, what has been primarily a foreign concern has now become a domestic one too. abc news has learned that homeland official officials are boosting presence at airports and train stations. >> they're also taking a
been issued since the u.s. braced for retaliation after american special operations killed osama bin laden two years ago. this time, multiple sources tell nbc news the threat originates from yemen from a plot by al qaeda's branch in the arabian peninsula. the suspected target or targets are not just american diplomats in embassies, but western interests in general. we're told the threat is credible, serious and time for now the tail end of ramadan. the location is believed to be in yemen, but some u.s. officials worried plotters could try to strike beyond that country and initiated a blanket, catch-all response. >> this is a serious threat, but it should be noted in light of what happened in benghazi that officials are taking no chances whatsoever. >> reporter: so why al qaeda in yemen? it has a core group of skilled bomb makers and propagandists who operate in areas where the government has little authority. the group is motivated and aggressive and under attack. last month one of the top leaders was killed in a drone attack. the group wants revenge. but when? u.s. officials have to
. so when you kill a leader, harris, like osama bin laden, the movement goes on. >> you echo each other a little bit. but you say you go a step further, the enemy is building, will not be deterred. what's happening. >> true, harris. actually, the general is right, it is about an ideology, no doubt. and one more point, the administration unfortunately and its advisers have refused to engage this ideology, to confront this ideology. from memos the past few years, says there is no ideology. if you actually don't recognize it exists, it will continue to exist and recruit more people. as important also are the forces that we should have allied ourselves with against the jihadists. look what's happening in egypt and tunesia and libya. who is demonstrating on the streets against the islamists and their allies and the jihadists? the youth, women, minorities. we didn't have a strategy to ally with them the last ten years. by now, we have anti-jihadist and anti-forces. >> part of the ideology, is it religious, one group against the world? >> it is perceived by the jihadists that they are the ones
of osama bin laden and the doctor was burned as a source and his life was put in jeopardy. limits numbers of people could know what internal al-qaeda deliberations are so talk from the sours is risky. >> heather: the month of august usually active for terrorist organizations. 15 years ago this week, twin bombings in kenya, tans -- tanzania claimed lives. next month marks the benghazi attack in libya that killed the ambassador and four americans. is this a reaction to benghazi? >> guest: they are linked. they are clearly a sense in the wider world we have switched from offense to defense in the war on terror. islamists since in this area that they have opportunity. while we haveack our commitment in the broader middle east the threat has not gone down. it wasn't a problem with the former president. it wasn't a problem with our president but had to do with the nature of the ideology and the armaments spreading in the area. >> heather: thank you for joining us. >> gregg: republicans waging a big family nude pitting chris christie against rand paul. our political needers are here and will wei
their safety concerns in this case and look at what the president has done, he is responsible for killing osama bin laden, using ground strikes to decimate al qaeda, building on the policies of the bush administration regarding torture. host: judy is next, idaho, good morning. appreciate the call. caller: i have two things to say. the first is quick and for your producers. you read almost all twitter tweets these days and hardly any e-mails. it is very hard to express a complicated idea in less than 200 characters. i wish you would pay more attention to the e-mail. host: ok. caller: to the subject at hand, i take the present threat seriously. but not as seriously as they wouldn't if these agencies had not been a exaggerating and combing length the effectiveness of their programs and the thoroughness -- i think they have undermined their own credibility by doing so. i wish they would stop it so that we would know when something should be taken seriously and when it should not. host: judy, thank you for the call from idaho. at can join the conversation facebook as well. george says -- host: chris
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